Home | Ekadasi | Personalities | Radha Kunda Das | Shastra | Vrindavan | Glossary


Parrot
Personalities
Sri Krsna


Ka lila | Gaura lila | Pastimes

SRIMATI RADHARANI

 

Gaura lila - Gadadhara Pandit / Lord Chaitanya
Birthpace: Rawal (Raval), Vraj
Age: 14 years 2 months 15 days
Father: Maharaja Vrsabhanu;
Mother: Kirtida devi;
Brother: (elder) Sridama
Sister: (younger) Ananga manjari
Husband: Abhimanyu;
Mother-in-law: Jatila;
Sister-in-law: Kutila
Brother-in-law: Durmukha;
Grandmother: (maternal) Mukhara - Yasoda and Radha's nursemaid
Her palace is in: Varsana, Vraj

"Rdhik never was initiated, nor did She study or hear from a sika guru, but still She became the teacher of the arts to all the Vraja Gops, who astonish all the ladies of the three worlds with their skills and who give the highest satisfaction to Sauri, the ocean of all the arts!" (Govinda Lilamrita, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami 11.124)

Pets:

  • female monkey named Kakkhati;
  • female parrot named Manjubhasini;
  • goose named Tundakeri;
  • fawn named Rangini.

Srimati Radharani,

  • wears dress made of Her youthful bluish modesty woven with syama colored threads, and also uttaria, which is red due to extreme attachment for the company of Krsna;
  • is outwardly very clever and contradictory while at heart is submissive;
  • has a complection like a yellow campaka flower and lightening;
  • Her lips are reddish due to Her deep attraction for Krsna.

Srimati Radharani

Her personal beauty is compared to kumkuma and Her friendship with Her associates is compared to sandalwood pulp. The sweetness of Her calm sobriety is compared to camphor. These three ingredients decorate the body of Srimati Radharani - kumkuma, sandalwood pulp, and camphor.

Srimati Radharani is the eternal consort of Lord r Ka and the embodiment of His hldin potency. She is known as mahbhva-svarpin, the personification of the highest ecstacy of divine love. She is the internal pleasure potency of the Lord; the incarnation of love; the queen of Vrindavan; and the crest jewel of the gopis.

The name Radha comes from the word aradhania: One who can serve, who can worship, who can give respect, who really loves Krsna, who can render loving service.

Like r Ka, rmat Rdh also has innumerable qualities, among which twenty-five are prominent:

  1. She is sweet (madhura), that is, She is incomparably beautiful in appearance
  2. She is an ever-fresh youth
  3. Her eyes are restless and inclined to give sidelong glances
  4. She has a radiant, gentle and sweet smile
  5. She has beautiful lines, indicating auspiciousness
  6. She maddens Ka with the fragrance of Her bodily limbs
  7. She is expert in the musical arts
  8. She speaks sweetly
  9. She is expert in making jokes
  10. She is very polite and modest
  11. She is merciful
  12. She is cunning
  13. She is expert in all duties
  14. She is shy
  15. She is always steadfast on the path of righteous conduct
  16. She is patient
  17. She is grave, so that it is very difficult to understand the import of Her mind
  18. She is fond of enjoying pastimes
  19. She is acutely eager to manifest the supermost excellence of mahbhva
  20. When the residents of Gokula see Her, their hearts immediately overflow with prema
  21. Her fame pervades the entire universe
  22. She is the object of affection for Her superiors (guru-jana)
  23. She is controlled by the intense love (praaya) of Her sakhs
  24. She is prominent among all Ka's sakhs
  25. Keava always remains submissive to Her orders.

No one is more dear to Krsna than Srimati Radharani. Srimati Radharani is not inferior to Sri Krsna in any way. It is Krsna Himself who enjoys Himself in two separate forms, as the enjoyer and the enjoyed. Krsna's beauty is so stunning that He Himself becomes enchanted by His own beauty. But if the beauty of Srimati Radharani were not greater than that of Sri Krsna, She could not enchant He who can enchant the whole universe. That is why She is called Bhuvan-mohan-mohini. She is the effulgence of Krsna, who is like the full moon (Krsnachandra). Sri Krsna is the sum total of all ecstasy, all beauty. He is the original reservoir of all wealth, prowess, and knowledge. So the greatness of Radharani, is beyond the limit of human knowledge, even beyond the limit of understanding of many liberated souls.

----------------

The Thousand Names of Srimati Radharani from the Sri Radha-sahasra-nama-stotra as spoken by Lord Siva to Sri Parvati devi


108 Names of r Rdhik
(said to be uttered by r Caitanya Mahaprabhu)

----------------

Srimati Radharani thought: Why is it that even though My friends, the best and most expert of gopis diligently search the forest and caves of Vrndavana, still they cannot find Sri Krsna? Why is it that this lusty, greedy rake Krsna willfully abandons us? As Srimati Radharani walked in the forest, She noticed on Her left side a black deer playing with many does and a peacock playing with many peahens. Bewildered by feelings of ecstatic love, She thought the deer and peacock were Her lover Krsna, and the many does and peahens were the gopis. Thinking in this way She became extremely agitated. When Srimati Radharani saw a dark tamala tree, it's roots covered by a flowering golden-jasmine creeper, and it's top branch the home of a dancing peacock, She became convinced that She had just seen Her lover Krsna, with His dark complexion, yellow dhoti, and peacock-feather crown.


's vani about

More descriptions of Radharani by Stevephen Knap

Srimai Radharani

This page uses the Balaram font that needs to be installed on your computer to display properly.

Contact us

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Jaya Sri Radhe!